Media and entertainment in Turkey
BTS & Partners advises clients on advertising, marketing, e-commerce, consumer law, content regulations, copyright and contentious matters. The team continues to advise Microsoft on the compliance of internet sales, online content regulation, advertising and contentious matters. Other clients include Vimeo, Facebook, Instagram and British American Tobacco. Yasin Beceni heads the team. Zeynep Ünlü was promoted to senior managing counsel. Director Yücel Hamzaoglu left to co-found HAMZAOĞLU & Partners.
ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law handles various matters in the media and entertainment sector including access ban and removal requests, trade marks, copyrights, privacy issues, freedom of speech issues and litigation and has a particular focus on the e-commerce, telecoms and social media sectors. It continues to act for the Wikimedia Foundation in its attempt to overturn the decision by The Information Communication and Technologies Authority (ICTA) to ban Wikipedia access in Turkey. Other clients include Twitter, YouTube and Warner Bros. Gönenç Gürkaynak and İlay Yılmaz head the team.
Gün + Partners' ‘highly competent and experienced’ team acts for global multimedia, IT and broadcasting companies and retail brands. Areas of expertise include marketing, advertising, licensing, transactional, advisory and contentious matters. It also covers regulatory, corporate, commercial, employment and competition law matters in the media and entertainment sector. The team is co-headed by Uğur Aktekin, Hande Hançar Çelik and newly promoted partner Ali Ozan Karaduman.
Güner Law Office adeptly handles media and entertainment-related IP, regulatory, consumer, employment, M&A, corporate, contractual and dispute resolution matters. It continues to advise Fox Networks Group on broadcasting, contractual, compliance, data protection, regulatory and contentious matters. Other clients include The Walt Disney Company, Sky and The New York Times. Ece Güner Toprak is the key practitioner.
Moroglu Arseven advises media and entertainment clients on corporate, tax, competition and regulatory issues as well as on celebrity image protection, advertising and licensing. It also handles sport-related dispute resolution and arbitration, and provides pre-publication review services for Turkey-related content to multimedia outlets. Benan Arseven specialises in sports law, Orçun Çetinkaya is adept at handling dispute resolution and dispute avoidance matters and Işık Özdoğan focuses on sector-specific IP matters.
‘Reliable, fast and cost-efficient’, ADMD/Mavioglu & Alkan Law Office advises on licensing, regulatory compliance, contracts, dispute resolution, tax, copyright and IP protection. Other areas of expertise include distribution agreements, fraud and defamation. The team advised new client Bloom Medya on contracts, advertising, social media, licensing and regulatory matters. Other clients include Reckitt Benckiser and Sigma Telecom. The ‘solution-oriented’ Kardelen Lule heads the team. Orhan Yavuz Mavioğlu is another name to note.
Cigdemtekin Cakirca Aranci Law Firm handles advertising, media buying and planning, content production, inventory licensing contracts, search engine marketing, search engine optimisation services, and corporate and commercial matters. Clients include GroupM Turkey and Xaxis. Former practice co-head Kağan Dora left for Balcioglu Selçuk Akman Keki. Ayça Arancı is the name to note.
Gökçe provides ‘quick and effective mitigation and resolution plans’. It advises on sector-related IT and IP matters, data protection, data privacy and consumer law and continues to advise All Stars Music on regulatory matters. Other clients include Nisan Production, Royal Bandits and Onedio. Ali Paslı and Görkem Gökçe head the ‘sharp and motivated’ team. Levent Yaralı left to HR management platform provider PangoHR.
Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership handles media-related litigation, licensing, competition, corporate, employment and social media matters and is particularly active in the broadcasting, multimedia and telecoms sectors. Emre Ulcayli, Ali Göksu, Hasan Akicioglu and Ali Tasar are the key practitioners.
NSN Law Firm is particularly focused on the entertainment sector and provides advice to production companies, advertisers, performers, news agencies, TV channels, movie producers and international broadcasters. Areas of expertise include contracts, licensing, copyright, disputes and regulatory compliance. Recent highlights include advising Beşiktaş Kültür Merkezi (BKM) on the preparation and signing of an agreement with the musician Shakira and her agency relating to a performance in Istanbul in 2018. Nazli Selek and Selma Ünlü head the team with support from Bilge Derinbay.